Arkansas Razorbacks Football Preview
Arkansas has consistently been among the bottom of the SEC and have struggled mightily in conference play. With the hiring of Sam Pittman as head coach, they’ll be looking to turn things around slowly, but surely.
Feleipe Franks was Arkansas’ big transfer in the offseason. Franks had plenty of experience at Florida, but after an injury he lost the starting job to Kyle Trask. Franks had his fair share of struggles for the Gators, but also flashed and won some big games. As a graduate transfer, he has a long way to go to become a serious option for the NFL draft, but he’ll bring some excitement to the Arkansas program.
Rakeem Boyd is Arkansas’ best returning player. Boyd was a star on the Netflix series, Last Chance U. After he transferred in from Independence Community College he worked his way up the depth chart and surpassed 1,000 rushing yards last season. Boyd is one of the best backs in the SEC and should have a lot of NFL attention.
Mike Woods is the best returning receiver on a team that had a tough time throwing the ball last season. Woods is a junior and will be looking to develop chemistry with Franks early on. Treylon Burks and Trey Knox are also both back after playing a lot as true freshman. The young trio will be looking to take the next step in 2020 to get this offense going.
C.J O’Grady led the team in receptions in 2020 despite leaving the team early, which just goes to show how much this team’s passing attack struggled last season. Hudson Henry is a second year player who will be looked at to replace O’Grady.
Ty Clark and Myron Cunningham are experienced seniors along the offensive line that will be huge for them in getting Rakeem Boyd going. Dalton Wagner and Shane Clenin are experienced, 4 year players who will also slot in to the starting five. Ricky Stromberg, a sophomore, will be the youngest player on the o-line at right guar
The Razorbacks bring in Xavier Kelly, former Clemson defensive tackle who didn’t see much time. Coming in from a big program, Kelly will come in as a starter right away. Jonathan Marshall is a fifth year senior who will play next to him on the interior. Dorian Gerald and sophomore, Mataio Soli will be the preferred defensive ends.
Bumper Pool is back for his junior year and brings experience and leadership to this defense. Being their best defensive player, Pool could get a lot of national attention with a good year and get selected in the upcoming draft. With the loss of Scoota Harris, Grant Morgan will step up next to Pool after being in the program for numerous years.
Joe Foucha is now the leader of the secondary in Fayetteville. Kam Curl left the program early and leaves a very significant role open in the secondary that will likely be filled by sophomore Greg Brooks Jr. Jalen Catalon will pair with Foucha on the back end to make a solid safety duo. Montaric Brown and Jarques McClellion will both return on the outside at cornerback.